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Sightline Series: Eyeline 1.

Print
2005 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

From an early age Joanna Brendon was interested in practicing as a visual artist but only took up making work recently after several years work in arts administration. Visually impaired from birth as a 'high myopic' she also developed cataracts in mid-life, but an operation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2007 left her sight much improved. After years of 'living in thick brown gravy' as she described her visual ability, colours came back.

In much of her work she uses the barcode as motif and signifier. In a barcode, each sequence of bars, while looking quite similar to the next, is unique, and the key to very specific information. While Brendon is unable to attain the detail and precision of image making that fully sighted artists might, she can still make works that refer to the significance of coded messages.Much of her work uses actual photographs of the eye, taken by herself as well as a professional opthalmic photographer.

Two of her prints in the Sightlines series are dedicated to her surgeon, Jonathan Dowler. In 2008 Moorfields Hospital hosted an exhibition of her work in their foyer.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Digital print on paper
Brief Description
Joanna Brendon. Sightlines Series: Eyelines 1. Digital print
Physical Description
An image which resembles a blown up version of a barcode, but with the white parts of the bars coloured. The colouring is predominantly reds/ browns but some parts of the stripes are blue/green/ brown. The colouring is in fact formed of massively magnified details of the cornea of the eye, Hence the watery, fluid way the colours flow and merge into each other.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 29.7cm
  • Sheet width: 21cm
  • Printed surface height: 20cm
  • Printed surface width: 15cm
Production typeArtist's proof
Copy Number
artist's proof
Marks and Inscriptions
Sightline Series/ Eyeline 1/ Joanna Brendon / 2005 AP (Signed and dated in pencil and inscribed with title and A[rtist's] P[roof] on the back of the sheet.)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Subjects depicted
Summary
From an early age Joanna Brendon was interested in practicing as a visual artist but only took up making work recently after several years work in arts administration. Visually impaired from birth as a 'high myopic' she also developed cataracts in mid-life, but an operation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2007 left her sight much improved. After years of 'living in thick brown gravy' as she described her visual ability, colours came back.



In much of her work she uses the barcode as motif and signifier. In a barcode, each sequence of bars, while looking quite similar to the next, is unique, and the key to very specific information. While Brendon is unable to attain the detail and precision of image making that fully sighted artists might, she can still make works that refer to the significance of coded messages.Much of her work uses actual photographs of the eye, taken by herself as well as a professional opthalmic photographer.



Two of her prints in the Sightlines series are dedicated to her surgeon, Jonathan Dowler. In 2008 Moorfields Hospital hosted an exhibition of her work in their foyer.
Associated Object
E.54-2006 (Version)
Collection
Accession Number
E.53-2006

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